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OMAHA. SUNDAY MORNING. NOVEMBER 11. 1917.
PVO RSTORM BREWS;
MOGULS WHET KNIVES
AS MEETING DAY MARS
Bitter Controversy Due When American Association and
International Magnates Suggest New League; South
ern and Coast Leagues Have Greedy Eyes on
Choice Towns; Some Loops May Suspend.
Here's Richest Hot Stove Yarn in Years;
Scott Offers Risberg $100 to Slug Scribe
Louisville, Kv., Nov
. remises to be the most important
meeting of the National Association
t Professional Base Ball Leagues in
several years will begin Tuesday and
continue three days.
Interest will center largely about
proposals to change the whole map of
organized base ball so far as the
'ninor leagues are concerned, and as
fiie plan will meet opposition, the ses
sions may develop into exciting af
fairs. In this connection the proposal
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V uuuiu which me gicdicsi aiiiuum ji
gossip has centered and which seems
IM-i-if! II f A Via Kittrcf mntrn.
ersy is the plan to torm a new or-
unzation from narts of the American
association and International league.
1 he proposed league would include
Louisville, Indianapolis, Columbus
and Toledo from the American asso
ciation and Toronto, Buffalo, Newark
and Baltimore from the International
league. The four clubs in each league
which would be left out in the cold
under this arrangement are expected
to furnish all the opposition to the
project of which they arc capable.
In addition demand will be made, It
is said, by interests in the Western.
Pacific Coast, Texas, Tliree I and
Central leagues, the Southern associa
tion and several other organizations
for a realignment of their territories.
Among the specific changes said to
be desired is the addition of Shreve
port, a Texas league city, to the
Southern association, and the trans
fer of Seattle from the Northwestern
league to the Pacific league.
In addition to these changes others
would probably be forced by the suc
cess of any effort to form a new com
bination from parts of the American
association and International league.
Otherwise there would be no berths
for some of the best minor league
towns in the country.
Leagues to Meet.
Preceding the meeting of the Na
tional Association of Professional Base l
Ball Leagues, the W estern league will
hold a meeting tomorrow. The Three
I and Central leagues will also fore
gather. The American association will
hold its annual meeting on Tuesday,
on which day the National Board of
Arbitration will be in session.
A movement may be launched to
suspend operations in several smaller
minor leagues until the close of the
war. Practically every organization
XJbim the big 'American association,
international and Pacific Coast
leagues down, suffered seriously last
season. Twenty-two minor leagues
started the season and only about half
of them finished. Only five leagues
went through without changes in their
The blows t- the minors began to
fall early i;i ti e season. The Vir
ginia league disbanded May IS. Two
days later the North Carolina league
gave up and three day later saw the
finish of the Georgia-Alabama cir
cuit. Early in June the Central-Texas
league gave way. The Dixie league
Bnd the Northwestern association
suspended early in July. The Three I
league, which had weathered all kinds
of conditions for 17 years, was obliged
to suspend on July 8. The North
western league held on for week
longer and the Central association
managed to continue until August 7.
Western Splits Season.
The Western league was forced to
change its alignment and split its sea
son in July to stir up new interest.
Even the American association began
to slash expenses early in the season
because of the heavy losses, due to
postponements, resulting from unsea
sonable weather conditions.
Presidents of several minor leagues
in the middle west are whole-hearted-iv
in favor of putting base ball on the
shelf for a year and possibly two.
Thev favor releasing all players and
starting anew at the close of the war
on a less expensive operating basis.
Continuation of present salaries of
minor league players, they contend,
is out of the question. The unsettled
conditions in the minors, however,
are not entirely due to the war in
the league, in the opinion of Harry W.
Vahlhefer. nresident of the Central
ON RESERVE LIST
OF ROURKE CLUB
Five, However, Are Suspended,
So Pa Has Only Eight Players
, With Which to Start
He believes the small, inex
pensive motor car has seriously cut
clown the attendance in the smaller
"Froni mv study of the situation, I
have concluded that the factory work
er, who, in former years spent a quar
ter or 50 cents for a seat in a base
ball park on Sunday, has bought a
small automobile, which takes his
spare money. We usually counted on
these patrons for regular Sunday busi
ness. But now. instead of going to a
ball game, '.ie takes his family for a
ride in the country. And at present
day prices for" necessities after this
fellow gets through buying motor
supplies, he has nothing left to lavish
on base ball..
Golf Is Cause.
"Golf is also a contributing cause.
Men who used to patronize base ball
in Evansville, Ind., my home, are tak
ing exercise themselves instead of
watching ball players get it."
A. R. Tearney, president of the
Three I league, will lead a movement
at the National association meeting
for a reclassification of all minor
leagues and a reduction in the mem
bership of ihe National Board of Ar
bitration. Tearney wants the mem
bership of the board slashed from
its present number of 11 to three.
"The board is unwieldy," he said.
"Its members, presidents of leagues
and in some instances former presi
dents who are entirely out of base
ball are scattered all over the coun
try. If an important piece of legisla
tion requires immediate action, it
sometimes takes weeks for the issue
to be submitted to the entire board.
"It is mv purpose to propose a
National board, composed of three
men, either to serve with salary or
volunteer their services. They could
devote their entire time to the minor
league situation. The National com
mission has backed me in my recom
mendation." Eastern League Hurler
Is Now Foot Ball Coach
' Pitcher Fred (Mysterious) Walker,
wound uo the season with New
Haven, champion of the "Eastern!
leasrue. is coaching the Williams col-'
lege foot ball suuad at Williamstown,
Pa Rourke has officially reserved
13 athletes for the Omaha Western
In the list of reserved players just
issued by Secretary Farrell of the
National Association, 13 Omaha play
ers are named. Ta hasn't that many
players, however, as five of them are
The players Pa has reserved are as
follows: Marty O'Toole, Otto Merz.
Pete McGtiire. Dave Williams, Phil
Cooney, Otto Nye, Marty Krug, Shag
Thompson, Jake Holderman, Arnold
Luschen, J. H. Ardis, Joseph Bell,
Holderman, Luschen, Ardis, Bell
and Forsythe art the suspended ath
letes. Holderman, purchased from
Fort Wayne, failed to report last
spring and was placed on the black
list. Bell jumped the Rourkes threa
years ago Forsyth left Omaha flat
on its back last April to go to Ari
zona. Luschen took a vacation with
out leave last August. The identity
of Mr. Ardis, is unknown.
Thus Rourke really only has eight
athletes to start the season with next
year and it is just possible a couple
of them will get the gate anyway.
The complete roster of Western
league players reserved is as follows:
Joplln Collins, Monroe. Met, Burs,
Lamb, Cochran. Carlisle, Brokaw, Horun,
Llndamore, Bur-well, Sanders. Graham,
Mavel, Veyll, Kline, Rudy, Sommera, Roy
Davis, Spritzer (suspended).
Des Molncs D. J. Cass, William E. Hun
ter. R. Murphy, H. R. Shanley. John F.
Coffey, Bruce Hartford, A. U Ewoldt, H.
F. Breen, Larry Spahr, Paul Musser, Lea
Dressen, George Payne, R. Ralllo, Frank
O'Doul, Pan Moeller, O. C. HlKglni (sus
pended), Paul Meloan (suspended),
Denver Henry Butcher, Vernon Manser,
Roy Hartzell, William McCormlck, Albert
Hartman, John Wuffll, Rupert Mills, George
Shestak, Al Bartholomy, Ferd Cain, C. J.
Manlon, John Keller, Ueorite Bonnier, Leon
E. Webb (suspended), Richard Cantwell
(suspended), John King (suspended).
Sioux City W. Xi. Crosby, D. Dougan, A.
Mueller, Ed Holly. Don Radar, George Wat
son, Tom Connolly, H. L. Gaspar, Grover
Ullmon, C. B. Grover, L. Bremmerhof,
William Rose, H. Sutherland, S. A. Lpjeune
(suspended). W. Schardt (suspended),
William Darts (suspended). E. dinner (sus
pended), W. Innian (suspended).
St, Joseph Frank O'Brien, Charles
Adams, Robert Wright, Frank Graham, R.
E. McCollough, Arthur Shay, Ben Smith,
Stewart Dllts, Elmer Benson, W. F. McCahe,
Cecil Hammond, Jpe Agler, Joe Fnutch,
John Williams, Frank Goalby (suspended),
Harry Hartz-U (U. S. Army), Ray Eaik.
Wichita W. R. Jones, C. V. Goodwin, Joe
Berger, I. M. Davis, B. M. Coy. Clyde Mc
Brlde, II. Martini, George Dobbins, Everette
Taryan, E. W. Baker, Elmer Koestner,
George Lyons, R. E. demons, Harry
Williams, William Fox (suspended), William
Omaha Marty OToole, Otto Mera, Pete
McGuire, Dave Williams, Phil Cooney, Otto
Nye, Marty Krug, J. A. (Shag) Thompson,
Jake Holderman (suspended), Arnold Lus
chen (suspended), J. H. Ardis (suspended),
Joseph Bell (suspended), Cy Forsyth (sus
pended). Lincoln W. V. Rohrer, Paul Eiffert, Ray
Sehmandt, Tony Smith, J. S. Butler, A.
Thomason, Dick Daviess. Elmer Lober.
Howard Gregory, Carl East, Jack Halla.
Roland Myers, A. Narveson, R. A. Rohrer,
Umpires Shannon, Leo Brown, Con Daly.
Pitcher Who Wants to Be Army
Officer Believes in Con
ducting His Wars by
The Hot Stove league, which goes
into session annually as soon as the
regular base ball season is ended, has
produced some "darb" stories of
dickerings and dealings in its day,
but the following is one of the richest
of years. It is absolutely true, there
by having considerable on the aver
age Hot Stove league story. Here
are the facts:
"Death Valley" Jim Scott, famous
hurler, who left the White Sox to
join the army, and who now is en
deavoring to win an officer's commis
sion at Fort Barry, San Francisco,
recently offered "Swede" Risberg, a
newcomer in the major league, a hun
dred dollars to slug Irving Vaughan,
Chicago newspaper man who was
traveling with the team.
Why He Was Sore.
Scott had taken offense at two par
agraphs written by Vaughan. The
first one, on May 10, said: "In his
last two times out Jim Scott has
looked mighty punk. If Jim starts
pitching as he did last season, he is
in for the same treatment indefinite
suspension without pay." The sec-
! ond one, on May 12, said: "Rowland
is in a nad way tor pitchers. Jim
Scott is out of condition again, VVil
liams seems to have lost his stuff,
and Faber is ill. The only dependable
men are Cicotte and Russell."
When Scott read these paragraphs
he was furious. But the would-be
army officer did not let his indigna
tion interfere with his discretion. He
said nothing to Vaughan himself.
Instead he asked Risberg to do his
fighting for him and offered $100
as an inducement. A hundred looks
good to the average ball player.
Looked Good to Swede.
And it looked good to Risberg. He
accepted Scott's proposition. Kid
Gleason, the coach, who has his own
standards about fighting and his
own ideas about how $100 should be
earned, heard that the slugging was
about to come off. He took Risberg
aside and said:
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Twenty Years of Foot Ball
Is Record of Bob Marshall
Twenty years of foot ball, and a
star every season, is the unusual rec
ord of "Bob" Marshall, colored, one
time end on the University of Minne
sota eleven and now a member of a
Minneapolis semi-professional team
holding the championship of the
northwest. Marshall was a member
of the Gopher eleven in '04, '05 and
'06. Probably the outstanding feat in
his career was the kicking of a field
goal in a game with Chicago in 1906.
His toe gave the Gophers a 4 to 2
Marshall played his first foot ball
game in 1897 as a member of the
Minneapolis Central High school
team. Since leaving college he has
played as a semi-professional. Be
cause the forward passing is harder
on ends than the old style, Marshall
wears stiff wrapping around his ribs.
He is 35 years old.
Discarded Gregg Would
Have Landed Pennant
Vean Gregg, say experts who saw
him pitch for Providence this year,
was as efficient a lefthander as there
was in base ball the last season, and
more than one big league watcher
looked longingly at him and regretted
that he couldn't take him right away
and place him with his club. He re
turns to the Red Sox. "If he had been
with the Red Sox this year they'd
have won the pennant," says a base
ball sharp who saw him. "I'll bet I
saw him fan fully two dozen batters
with a curve ball that hit the dirt."
Wrestling Fans Hear
Murmuring of Strife
Omaha wrestling fans are placing
attentive ears to the well known
ground. Murmurings are being
Jack Lewis, it has been learned,
is negotiating for a Joe Stecher
Charlie Peters match, to be held in
Omaha within the month. It is also
said Carl Marfisi has a scheme to
pit Earl Caddock against a top
notcher about the same time and is
trying to coax Zbyszko into the
Marfisi, it is said, is angling for
a match Thansgiving day, Novem
ber 29, and the date Lewis wants
is December 7. This would make
the matches less than 10 days
War is about to be declared, is
TEAM WORK IS
STUFF THAT WINS
BASE BALL GAMES
White Sox Victory Over Giants
Proves That Individual Stars
Fall Down Because of
OHIO BOX FIGHT
BOARD IS COURT
OF LAST APPEAL
Mitt Swinger Who Tanglei
With Ring Solons in Buckeye
State Purchases Ticket to
Chicago, Nov. 11. There may be a
the world's series this year was the tighter proposition somewnere in tne
strongest kind of an argument in ! universe than the boxing commission
support of the theory that a ball club I that chaperons the fight game in
By JACK VEIOCK.
New York, Nov. 10. 'I'iie result of
UbKTH VALLliY" SCOTT.
"You may not have been in the
big show long enough to find it out,
but there arc certain things we don't
tolerate up here. My, advice to you
is to stop before you start. If you're
hunting a ticket back to the minors,
go ahead. Hut if you want to stay
with the White Sox I'd advise you
to lay off. Let Scott do his own light
ing. It's none of your affair, any
way, and if you butt in you'll be la
beled the prize boob of the major
Hundred Is a Hundred.
And this was the reply by Mr.
"Well, you know $100 is $100!"
Gleason or somebody else told
Manager Rowland what was brewing,
and the 'White So pilot called Kis
berg on the carpet. According to
Rowland, Risberg admitted that Scott
had made the "offer," but in defense
of himself be added:
"I didn't really intend to do it."
Rowland gave Riseberg a few
words of advice, but there the mat
ter ended. Scott neither slugged
Vaughan himself nor found anybody
else who was willing to do it for the
Vaughan is still alive and working
on the Chicago Herald, and Scott,
who believes in conducting war by
proxy, is trying to become an officer
in the United States army.
Jim Park Collects $120 Salary
From Browns for No Work at All
St. Louis Neglects to Observe Little Formality of Notifying
Omaha Hurler to Rejoin Team Before Going to
Columbus, So James Puts in Claim and
National Commission Awards It
DES MOINES AND
OMAHA MA YMEET
Negotiations Now Under Way
for Game for Entertainment
of Camp Dodge Soldiers
About Dec3mber 8.
1 the hunch of the wrestling fans.
Just because the St. Louis American league club neglected
to observe one of Organized Base Ball's set rules, Jim Park,
Omaha hurler the latter part of the 1917 season, collected $120
from the Browns.
Park came to Omaha under optional O-
agreement. He was recalled and re
leased to Columbus of the American
association. He thus went straight
from one minor league club to the
other. Technically he should have re
joined the Browns first and been in
their "actual service." But the Browns
overlooked this bet, so Park, catching
them napping, put in a claim for sal
ary until the end of the season and
the National commission gave it to
him with the following ruling:
Player James Park wag released to and
recalled from the Omaha club by the fit.
Louis American league club under a 1917
optional agreement. Wlthnut being required
to report to the latter, he wa trannferred
by It to the Columbus club of the American
association an per written notification and
directed to join the ('olumhuR club after the
close of the Western leaituo'e seaaon.
The player contends that his transfer to
the Colunihiis club was irregular under the
circumstances and that he should have been
required to return to the Ft. Louis club after
September lfi, the final day of the Western
leaRUo's championship race, anil then re
leased by the recalling club to Columbus
direct after major league walvera were ob
tained. It Is also called to the commission's at
tention that interleague waivers could not
be legally requested by the St. Louis club
on a recalled player under rule 29 unless
he were under contract to It and in Its actual
service. He was not with the St. Louie
club last fall.
The player further Insists that under sec
tion G of rule 16 of the commission he is
entitled to salary from the St. Louts Ameri
can league club from September 1. the close
of the American association season, to the
final championship game of the St. Louis
American league team.
The action of the St. Louis club in this
case was irregular In several respects. While
waivers were requested, it Is beyond ques
tion that the application for them at that
time was Irregular. However, It Is signifi
cant that he was not claimed by a major
league olub and that he obtained a position
with a Class AA club.
The commission allows the player's salary
claim against the St. Loull club from Sep
tember to to October 1, both inclusive,, at
the rate of $3nn a month, and affirms the
right of the Columbus club to his services
The St. Louis club Is directed to forth
with forward Its check In adjustment of
this award to the secretary of the commis
sion for transmission to the play.
Flower Forbes Fastest
Of Two-Year-Old Fillies
The 2-year-old filly Flower Forbes
is the fastest half mile track pacer of
her age this season, 2:15 being her
record. She is by J. Malcolm Forbes,
dam by a son of Arion, and where the
pace comes from is a mystery to stu
dents of pedigrees. Until this season
her sire was not credited with any
fast pacers, but Geers has in his stable
a very good 3-year-old in Robert
Gatewood (2:05J4), by J. Malcolm
Forbes that is expected to do 2:03 or
better in 1918.
Stoval Kisses Good-Bye to
Coast; Hikes for Kay See
George Stovall, who managed the
Vernon team in the Pacific Coast
league in the season recently closed,
has decided to remove from Cali
fornia, where he has made his home
for several years. He has sold his
property and will return to Kansas
City. It has been known for some
time that Stovall "would not be re
tained as manager of the Vernon
Bill Hinchman Declares
Wounded Pin 0. K. Again
Outfielder Bill Hinchman, who
broke his leg in mid-season, is out
with the statement that the break
has healed completely and that he is
as good as ever. He says he expects
to report to the Pirates in the spring,
confident that he can win back his old
job in the outfield, and that he will
give the Pittsburgh crew some of the
i hitting it su sadly lacked
OF INTEREST TO
Cornhuskers and Central High
Invade Foreign Fields; Creigh
ton Plays Haskell Indians
A post-season foot ball game be
tween Central High of Onu.ha and
the Des Moines High school cham
pions, to Le played about Dece nber 8
at the Drake stadium in Des Moines,
for the entertainment of the national
army men stationed at Camp Dodge
cantonment, is a prospect.
Several gridiron clashes arc be::.g
planned for the benefit of the Camp
Dodge soldiers and the Omaha-Des
Moines High school affair is one.
Omaha and Des Moines rank as the
leaders of interscholastic foot ball in
the west. When the current season
ends these two cities will, no doubt,
be deadlocked for the Missouri Val
ley championship. Omaha has de
feated Lincoln and it is safe to pre
sume will win over St. Joseph. East
Des Moines also has won from Lin
coln. Omaha has disposed of Sioux
So Central, with the team which
Foot Ball Games
Nebraska vs. Kansas, at Law
rence. Central High vs. Sioux Falls, at
Creighton vs. Haskell Indians,
This week is another important one
for Omaha foot ball fans. Three big
games are on the program.
The Cornhuskers play their most
important Missouri Valley contest
Saturday when they clash with Kan
sas in the Jawhawks' baliwick, Law
The Missouri Valley championship
hinges on this game. While the
Huskcrs are ranking favorites, the
Jayliawkers are strong this year and
the dope presages one of the greatest
Nebraska-Kansas battles the valley
Central High school, hot on the
trail of the Missouri Valley inter
scholastic championship, also invades
foreign fields Saturday. Mulligan's
warriors journey to Sioux Falls. S.
D., to tangle with the high school
gridders of that city.
Creighton will hold the interest at
home. Mills' men face one of tht
toughest games of the year. The
redoubtable Haskell Indians will be
their opponents. The Indians are re
ported to be as good as ever this
season, so Omaha will be treated to
plenty of foot ball.
wins the Des Moines High school Jog StCfjher t0 WreStle
ST SopS. nfwhi ! In East After Turkey Day
attract .interest all over the Missouri i Joe Steelier is headed cast. Alter
Valley territory and would be a big Thanksgiving the Dodge lad starts
step in the advancement ot inter-j a campaign which will carry him to
scholastic foot ball.
a number of points east of Chicago.
Negotiations are now under way for , J(U. Coffey, Chicago wrestling inipres
the game and it is believed they will sarin, is making Joe's engagements for
DC compietea soon.
Sons of Axworthy Prove
To Be Worthy Sires
Sons of Axworthy have done won
ders as sires this year, they being
credited with the fastest yearling trot
ter (for the season), the fastest 2-year-old
for two consecutive heats
(Nella Dillon, 2:07, 2:0oM), and the
fastest race record bv a 3-year-old
(Miss Bertha Dillon, '2:0414). Roth
the last two performers were sired bv
Dillon Axworthy, second (2:11!4).
third (2:10Jij), and their sensational
work has put hirn in a position among
sires never before attained by a 7-year-old
horse. He is a small stallion
and his owner at first did not use him
as a sire on that account and because
he "wings'' with one front foot. The
1917 work of his progeny has filled his
book for 1918.
Old Champ's Come-Back
Is Discovered Too Late
The champion pacer, Directum I
(l:56jt), which record was made "in
the open," was supposed, at the time
of his sale at auction last spring, to
be through as a performer, but his
new owner handled the stallion with
such skill that he has been lowering
the records of a lot of eastern half
mile tracks, having stepped that style
of course under 2:04. When too late
to take advantage of the fact it was
discovered the old horse hail come
back and would have been a factor in
the Grand Circuit free-for-all races,
interest in which was monopolized bv
Miss Harris M (2:00-) and William
with balance is better than a ball club
compiled of individual stars.
Scan the roster of the Giants, Mc
Graw's team is made up of the pick
of National league players and a few
who were combed out of the defunct
Compared to the White Sox the
Giants are a team of stars, and be
ing a team of stars they are full of
temperament. With, the exception of
two or three members of the Giants,
Median's players are out there fight
ing for personal glory. It isn't that
they refuse to boost for each other,
or that they do not want to pull to
gether. They simply can not tlo it.
They go up to the plate with a de
sire to drive home any runs that may
be on the bases, but they all want to
hit the ball a mile, and once they take
a toe-hold th-. thought of the glory
they could get out ot a home run is
uppermost, l'ennv Kauri got his first
hit of the series that way, anil the hit
was a homer. And, a the writer has
mentioned before, llenny was sent up
there with orders to push a swinging
bunt past Urban Faber.
KaulT is one of the outstanding stars
of the Giants. Hemic Zimmerman is
another and Buck Herzog still an
other. Zimmerman, secured from the
Cubs by McGraw, is probably the
best all-around third baseman in the
National league. Kaulf, from the
Feds, is an outfielder of undoubted
class, and ilrrzog, scrappy, brainy and
capable in every way, is a real star.
George Burns, who has never played
with any other major league team
but the Giants, is admitted to lie the
best sun-fielder in cither big league,
and George, is perhaps the quietest
and most unassuming player on the
team, yet he is a star that any man
ager would be glad to have.
Davy Robertson, who may not be in
a Giant uniform next year, bloomed
forth as a star after McGraw had
groomed him for an outfielder. Davy
is temperamental, and, as McGraw
once said, "he can be just as good as
he wants to be."
McGraw's pitchers, for the most
part, have been picked from other
clubs. I'erritt, Benton and Sallee,
three of his best bets, are all stars
in their own leagues, and Schupp is a
young luminary of undoubted class.
But the pitchers do not count as heav
ily as the players in regular positions
who play day in and day out.
Of these there are several we have
not mentioned. Artie Fletcher is one
of them, and every National league
fan knows that Artie is full of tem
perament, and that he has long been
rated as a star in the old league. Bili
Karidcn, from the old Braves, ant
later the Feds, is one of the best
catchers in his league. Lew McCarty
was without a doubt the classiest all
around catcher in the National league
with the possible exception of Frank
Snyder when McGraw grabbed hitn
from Brooklyn, and Lew is still star-
With the Wliite Sox it is cutterent.
Rowland has several stars, but as a
whole his ball club does not bristle
with them. Cicotte .stood out alone"
all season among the pitchers. Eddie
Collins is a star of undoubted calibre
and Pay Schalk ranks as the best
catcher in the game. Hap Felsch ap
proached stardom this season and is
really a wonderful player, and Joe!
Jackson completes the list. Weaver,
MrMnlleii (ianrlil. T.eiliotd anrt Tohn
Collins are the cogs who fit into the
Rowland machine with the outstand
ing players named here. They are all
good, consistent ball players, but not
famed as stars. And the Sox played
the more consistent game in the
world's scries. They got th4 better
of the breaks after the fourth game,
it is true, but the team that has bal
ance is very liable to get the breaks
most of the time. It is balance that
Inquisitive New Yorker
Gets Answer From "Kid"
A New York fan, who insisted on
horning into a conversation around
the lobby during the world's scries,
asked Kid Gleason if there was any
thing true about the alleged shine
"Sure," replied the Kid. "Some of
us stay up half the night shining the
ball for the following afternoon."
Columbus, O., but if there is it is keep
ing itself pretty well camouflaged.
This Columbus commission is the real
wonder of the boxing world. Not
even Wisconsin, which boasts a nice
tight little commission of its own, can
match the Columbus article.
There are three members of the Co
lumbus commission, appointed by the
mayor. Their authority covers only
the corporate limits of Columbus, but
within those limits they ore the real
boses of the works. The commission
is the supreme court, the court of last
appeal. There is nothing whatever
Here is a brief sketch of the way
this commission works:
Walter Hughes is the king pin of
the commission and he referees all
bouts held in Columbus. His con
freres are a railroad man and a stock
man. Hughes is regarded as a cap
The commission is empowered to
charge a permit fee of $25 from all
promoters, and no license for a box
ing show is issued until the fee is
paid. A further fee of five per cent of
the gross receipts of all shows is
charged, this to cover the personal
expenses ot the commission, ine
fees thus secured are split three ways
by the commission after each boxing
The mayor told the members of the
commission he required them to see
to it that the very highest diss of
boxing is offered, which served the
double purpose of raising the stand
ard of boxing in Columbus and added
to the emolment.i accruing to the
members of the commission by virtue
of the five per cent, for high grade
shows undoubtedly produce a larger
"gate" than those of the mediocre
While Hughes is refcreeing the
bouts, one of the other members of
the commission guards the portals to
see that there is, no shennanigan put
over in the sale of tickets. The third
member keeps time at the bouts. It
is very little that gets by this com
mission, and it is getting results.
Another Famous Family.
It is not often that one family pro
duces two boxers who achieve fame,
and cases where three scrappers have
come from one family are rare. There
are Mike and Tom Gibbons, of course,
and both of these lads are mighty
nifty mitt wielders. Monte and Abe
Attcll also were members of one fam
ily who demonstrated a lot of fighting
The Downey family, hailing from
Ohio, seems about to make a bid for
fame by turning out three boxers of
First, there is Bryant Downey, the
welterweight, who has been making
quite a fuss lately and looms up as a
likely challenger of Ted Lewis, hold
er of the welterweight crown. Bryant
lias been boxing regularly of late,
and, although more or less of a "freak"
fighter, has demonstrated that he is
no mean adversary for any contender
in the welterweight ranks.
Right behind Bryant is Anthony, a
lad of 18 years, who is getting his bap
tism of fire by acting as a sparring
partner for brother Bryant. Anthony
is a very clever youth and looks like
a good heavyweight prospect. Just
now he is a middle weight, but he is
still growing and should add 25 or 30
pounds to his frame in a year or so.
At the Downey farm in Ohio there
is still another brother who is a
heavyweight. The family is keeping
him under cover, but predicts that he
will be a sensation when they get
reauy 10 give mm to me piiDiic.
News Notes of Interest
to Western League Fans
Chick Autrcy, former Rourke, is
spending the winter tins year in Oak
land, Cal., and is to play first base
on one of the winter league teams in
John Savage has had enough of the
Western league. He will peddle his
Joplin franchise to the first prospect
and return to Kansas City to be sec
retary of the American association
club there. John, however, will be
pretty 1ncky if lie finds somebody to
bite on Joplin. .
Jack Holland, it is reported, already
has practically notified Hutchinson
it will not have a berth in the West
ern league next year.
St. Joseph has conic to life again
with a campaign to organize a stock
company to take over the Joetown
franchise. If successful Holland will
be cleared and Ed Hanlon can return
to Sioux City.
Babe Adams says he is through
with base ball for good. Babe rjuit
the St. Joe-llutchinson team before
the season closed and now he de
clares he never will return. Harry
Hooper, who joined the Sioux City
St. Joseph club toward the latter part
of the season, also says it's quits for
him. This is November, however, not
Ducky Holmes says salaries must
be cut to the bone if the Western
league is to exist next year. Ducky
is rather pessimistic as to has: ball's
Rudy Kallio, Des Moines hurler,
won the Coast league pennant for
San Francisco. He hurled a two
hit fray iti the last game of the year,
which won the flag for the Se;.ls from
Los Angeles by the narrow margin
of one game.
Bill Rose, pitcher with Sioux City
St. Joseph has joined the army.
Harry Gaspar, the celebrated l,e
Mars. Ia., photographer, is another
Western league pastimcr who says
he has quit the diamond sport. Harry
has informed Sioux City he reed not
be expected back.
Jack Holland's Western league team
is listed as St. Joseph anJ Ed Han
Ion's as Sioux City in the minor league
reserve list. Oh, where, oh, where,
is my wandering boy tonight? warble
Harry Krause, former Rourke, was
one of two Pacific Coast league hurl
ers to pitch more than 400 innings
during the season just ended. Erick
son of Frisco was the other. Harry
was the old reliable for Oakland
much as he was in OmaK
Father Downey acts as trainer for
the boys and does not believe in
crowding their development. Bryant,
therefore, will have to do the fighting
for the family until his younger
brothers are ripe to stand the gaff
of a real ring battle.
Jones Snares Youth.
Tom Jones, one of the profiteers of
the Willard syndicate after Big Jess
annexed the title, and who formerly
had a hand in the ring doings of
Adolph Wolgast, has picked up an
other youth whom he believes is the
coining lightweight champion.
Jones has taken Sailor Solly Fried
man, the battling Chicago 133-pound-er,
under his wing, and asserts that
he is going to send Solly to the top
of the lightweight heap before he gets
through with him.
Jones may be a little too generous
in his predictions, but they are not
without foundation. Friedman has
shown a lot of class in his bouts
around Chicago and looks like a
promising scrapper. Jones has proved
his ability as a handler of boxers and
it may be that in Friedman he has a
Friedman will stand considerable
development, however, and Benny
Leonard's crown is in no danger of
being dislodged immediately by Solly.
As a part of his plan of develop
ing Friedman, Jones will take his
newest protege to the Pacific coast to
try him out in the four-round game
against the leading lightweights of
the western shore.
Army Elevens to Clash on
Creighton Field December 1
Omaha foot ball fans are looking
forward to the big army gridiron
contest which will be held in Omaha
December 1 with keen anticipation.
This game is to be played between
elevens representing the 88th United
States army division at Camp Dodge,
Des Moines, and the 89th division at
Camp Funston, Kan. . '
The Camp Dodge team is coached
by John L. Griffith, former head
coach at Drake, and the Camp Funs
ton crew by Paul Withington, former
head coach at Wisconsin. Both teams
are made up largely of former col
The game will be staged at Creigh
ton field. A number of Omahans will
be named as a committee to tak
charge of the even i
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